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FLEXO Magazine : January 2014
PUBLISHER’S INK Assessment & Appeal Delight existing customers. Attract new business. Maximize efficiency. As core business strategies go, these three objectives are nearly every packaging print plant’s top priorities. One other critical philosophy is proving funda- mental to day to day success: “Add value and appeal to every package.“ Nowadays, we’re operating in an environment where brand owners are taking a more controlling role in the quality and structure of packaging. Those actions are driving proactive printers to set process controls in place that assure standardiza- tion is accepted. The No. 1 priority for everybody involved in the packaging supply chain is clear: improve manufacturing efficiencies through adoption of advanced technologies and embodiment of proper skill training regimens. Flexography has become a sophisticated, respectable print process. It remains flexible yet complex. Its clientele are active and demanding. Its practitioners are raising the bar as they maintain versatility, while deploying precision focused prac- tices that allow them to bring print quality to exceptional levels. Variability is being driven from the process. Quality and consistency are on the rise. Capabilities are being expanded. Culture has changed. Competitive advan- tages are being secured, identified and noticed. Printed package production is a healthy industry and a field where impressive and continual growth is forecast. On that note, as you’ll read in this issue, five year forecasts point to annual growth of 4 percent and a global packaging market that will soon reach a value of nearly $1 trillion ($970 billion in 2018). Also of significance: • Convenience, costs, safety and traceability are action items • Capital expenditure budgets are on the rise • Research and development endeavors are generating demand for new equip- ment and applications • Technology is changing at a rapid pace and bringing new tools and more effec- tive processes to the plant and its customers SAGE ADVICE At the beginning of the year, many of us find it appropriate to pause for a moment to assess our industry, its likely future directions, the best path forward and the desired outcome that we want to achieve. Several authors do just that on the following pages. In the process, they render some sage advice. Their hope is to prompt and inspire you to stay relevant, manage and maintain consistency on press, leverage existing assets to your advantage, apply exacting standards and win some new customers. Both individually and collectively, they call upon you to become a valuable part- ner in product development and turn out some really innovative work. Your reward: You’ll minimize waste, makeready and maintenance time, while maximizing production efficiency. What better to hope for and aspire to? 6 FLEXO JANUARY 2014 www.flexography.org FTA TODAY FTA Board of Directors FFTA Board of Trustees Jim Nelson Chairman, FFTA Board of Trustees Great Lakes Packaging Corporation Lon Robinson III Chairman, FTA Board of Directors Tension Corporation Allen Marquardt FFTA Chair Elect Kimberly-Clark Corporation Dan Doherty FTA/FFTA Treasurer Prairie State Group Jason Barrier FFTA Vice Chair, Project Evaluations Printpack Danny Christianson FFTA Vice Chair, Scholarships Farnell Packaging Ltd. John Crammer FTA Vice Chair, Education/CPCs Best Label Jack Fulton FTA Vice Chair, Suppliers Printron Michael Reinhardt FFTA Vice Chair, Solicitations Windmoeller & Hoelscher Corporation Hank Welter FTA Vice Chair, Printers/Converters Coveris High Performance Packaging Mark Cisternino President Flexographic Technical Association Peter Hartman Polymount U.S. , L LC Ian Hole Esko Eric Jones The Label Company Kelly Roberts Canflexographics Mary Sullivan Mark Andy Inc. Howard B. Vreeland, Jr. Anderson & Vreeland, Inc. FLEXO® Magazine Editorial Advisory Committee Richard Cervarich DuPont Packaging Graphics Catherine Haynes All Printing Resources Jean Jackson Praxair Surface Technologies Brad Keys Staples Print Solutions John Meyer Color Resolutions International David Nunez International Paper John Paine C-P Flexible Packaging Paul Wilson Encore Washington Ltd